Fantastic way to get parents interested in online safety

Thinking of holding an online safety session for parents and carers? Worried that you'll have a poor turn out? 

Lots of schools are keen to hold online safety sessions for parents and carers.  The problem is that whilst the school thinks online safety is important, parents often do not. I think parents don't attend because they genuinely can not see what all of the fuss is about. Either they don't use social media and so they 'don't know what they don't know' about it or they use social media and have never had a problem. So maybe what we need to do is to demonstrate just how far and how fast a picture posted on a social network can travel!

Now this is (sadly) not my idea but... how about if a teacher takes a picture of the school mascot, class pet, a teddy bear (you choose) and shares it via  Facebook or Twitter accompanied with a brief explanation that you are trying to demonstrate to your class how widely an image can be shared and how it can reach people that you don't even know? I've been the recipient of this sort of request a couple of times and have been happy to accommodate. I've not known the teacher; the request had been shared many times before it reached me and, hopefully, many of my FB 'friends' have shared it further. How many likes/ comments and shares do you think you might get? How far do you think that your image might travel in say a week or two weeks? 

 A teacher in Hereford posted this image of 'John' on Facebook on a Tuesday. By Friday it had had over 1,000 shares and reached almost every continent! 

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 What a fantastic way to demonstrate the power of social media. And what a great thing to do a month or so before you hold your online safety session for

parents! What if every day after you post the image, you update 'a how many shares counter' displayed prominently in school? Try it a month or so before you hold your online safety session for parents. Every day after you post the image, update 'a how many shares counter' displayed prominently in school. Even if t doesn't persuade parents to attend your online safety session, it will deliver a powerful message to your pupils about social media.

 

 

 

Sex and Relationship Education compulsory in all Schools

Today, Education Secretary, Justing Greening, announced that from September 2019 all schools, including academies and free schools, will be required to teach SRE  and that PSHE will become a statutory subject.

  • All primary schools will be required to teach age appropriate relationship education
  • All secondary schools will be required to teach age appropriate relationship and sex education

Greening said that statutory guidance on SRE was introduced in 2000 and is becoming increasingly outdated. In particular, it fails to address cyberbullying, sexting and staying safe online.

See the Greening's full statement 

 

SID - Online Content Worksheets for children

Ofcom has published a children’s online content worksheet created in collaboration with Childnet.

Children can use the worksheet at school, or at home with parents. Although parental involvement in online safety is important in protecting children, parents often feel unsure about how to start talking to their children about this. These child-friendly worksheets may help and it's a great activity as part of Safer Internet Day on 7th February. You might want to use the worksheets as a survey to find out how children from your school are using the Internet or you could contact E2BN about our online e-safety pupil survey service. Use the get in touch form.

Safer Internet Day 2017

This year the theme is 'Be the change: Unite for a better internet'.
From cyberbullying to social networking, each year Safer Internet Day aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues and chooses a topic reflecting current concerns. It is now supported by over 100 countries worldwide. It is a fantastic way to focus activities in your school around staying safe online. If you haven't already, register your support and find out more. Visit Safer Internet Day 2017

Education targeted Ransomware attacks

Schools are increasingly being targeted by cyber criminals. The latest approach is for the criminals to ring the school claiming to be from the Department of Education (remember it's the Department for Education) and asking for the email details for the head teacher/ finance administrator. The fraudsters then claim that they need to send guidance forms to the head teacher (these so far have varied from exam guidance to mental health assessments). The scammers on the phone will claim that they need to send these documents directly to the head teacher and not to a generic school inbox, using the argument that they contain sensitive information. The emails will include an attachment – a .zip file (potentially masked as an Excel or Word document). This attachment will contain ransomware, that once downloaded will encrypt files and demand money (up to £8000) to recover the files.

Read more: Education targeted Ransomware attacks

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